The Essence of Chi-Gung

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The Essence of Chi-Gung

A Handbook of Basic Forms for Daily Practice

By Daniel P. Reid; Dexter Jou (Illustrator); Master Wu (Foreword by)

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590309629, 113pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2012

The beneficial health effects of daily chi-gung practice have long been known in China, but in the West, chi-gung is becoming increasingly used for general well-being and to complement conventional medical treatment. "The Essence of Chi-Gung" is an easy-to-use workbook that teaches the fundamentals of chi-gung practice and provides a safe, basic daily regimen that can be adapted for people of all ages and physical abilities.

The view in Chinese medicine is that good health is maintained by circulating and increasing "chi," the vital life energy that we are all born with. In chi-gung practice, slow, rhythmic breathing is synchronized with body movements, in a way which is beneficial to both the nervous and immune systems and to overall health. This manual includes over fifty step-by-step illustrations of the warm-up exercises and movement forms.

About the Author
Daniel Reid is a leading Western authority on traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist healing practices and has studied and practiced Chinese medicine for over twenty years. He is the author of "The""Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing " (Shambhala, 1994).